Inspired by Life: August 2018

I am very conscious that I sit a lot and so every Friday I try to go for a walk.  Instead of going to the wetlands this past week, I decided to go to Morikami Japanese Gardens and Museum.  I have a membership there and I should go more often but in summer it is really hot and humid, and this week was no different.

I am part of a group called the Color Chase Challenge and this particular month is purple.  While I wasn’t actively looking for purple, I managed to find quite a bit of it.  The gardens at Morikami are beautiful and if you have never visited and you get the opportunity I would encourage you to do so.

The colors are somewhat less as we move through summer towards Autumn.  However, I was pleasantly surprised how many flowers I did actually find.  So here are some of the beautiful sights I saw on my 2 mile walk.  Walking in these gardens definitely inspires me.

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Thank you for joining me for this month’s Inspired by Life.    This is a circle blog although we are a little on the light side this month. Please take time to visit my fellow photographer, Tracy Martindale  of Bee Cherished Photography see what she has for you this month. Keep following the circle to see what the other photographers have shared this month. Don’t forget to leave a little love on her page.

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Share Six: August 2018: Water

Kathy chose {Water} as the theme for the month of August and growing up in an ocean city, I spent a lot of time at the beach. Summers were spent in the water, swimming, riding the waves, and when I was brave enough attempting to stand on a surfboard.  I was never really successful.  I grew up with a father who loved fishing so off the the ocean we would go.

Over the years I learned that water sustain an unbelievable amount of life.  Aside from our own lives the ocean sustains so many varieties of sea life. I have scuba dived in Mozambique, and on the South African coast and been blown away by the beauty that lives below the water surface.  Both plant life and creature life is rich with splendor that just takes your breath away.

Even in my back garden there is water and life.  Just looking in the canal today there is fish life, turtle life, and on occasions, though not today, there is alligator life.

Water is defined as ” a colorless, transparent, odorless, tasteless liquid that forms the seas, lakes, rivers, and rain and is the basis of the fluids of living organisms.”

We depend on water to survive and this is why it breaks my heart to see the green algae that is coating the rivers in Florida and on Lake Okechobee, and the red tide that is washing up on the west coast of Florida’s shores killing everything in it’s wake.  It is so sad to see that whale sharks, manatee, turtles, fish are washing up dead at the edge of the ocean.

I recently watched a documentary on the amount of plastic that is killing our sea life.  We as consumers and beach goers need to take responsibility for our garbage and have the policy of what we take in we take out.  We need to be worrying about what we are doing to the very liquid that sustains all life.

I picked images this month that, for me, focused on the beauty of water.

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The simplicity of water drops on a leaf. These water drops sustain not only the plant but the dragonfly, the lizards and various other critters.

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The fish in the canal causing ripples as they dive for pieces of bread.  This river sustains the life of the local fish, the turtles, the alligators that travel up and down and so much bird life.

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The gorgeous jewels made by water drops on a spiders web are some of my favorite {Water} images.

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Tiny Moorhen Chicks live and feed in the water.  Their diet being different plants that sit in the shallow waters.  They have tiny wings and great big feet.

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The gurgling of a river found in Columbus Georgia.

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The beauty of the ocean on a flat day and the opportunity to to take the paddle board out and enjoy what the ocean has to offer.  On days like this there are pelican on parade, fish jumping in the ocean and if you are lucky you may get to see dolphin.

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An absolute treat for me is to see an Osprey dive to the ocean to pick up a fish.  The water sustains the life of the fish, and the fish the life of the bird.  This cycle could not happen without the water.

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And there is nothing better than being out on the ocean as sunset enjoy the beauty of the end of the day.

Water is critical to our lives.  I would encourage you to learn more about how you can help keep our oceans and water ways clean.  This is so important to all of us.

Thank you for joining me for this month’s Share Six.  This is a circle blog.  From the sneak peak images I have seen, you are going to want to follow the circle.  Please take time to visit my friend and very talented artist Kathy of KG Ledbetter Photography and see what she has for you this month. Keep following the circle to see what the other photographers have shared this month.  Don’t forget to leave a little love on their page as well.

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Now it is your turn. Don’t forget to like us on Facebook at Share Six and come and share your images on the theme {Water} throughout the month of June.  A new theme will come out on July 6.

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We look forward to seeing your images on the theme {water}

Tell me a Story: July 2018

 

Wow this month crept up fast and I was starting to get a bit panicky about if I was actually going to get anything for this months blog.  I have a doctors appointment every Friday and also a lot of works work to do on my day off.  This Friday was not different with the doctors appointment at 10:30am and apparently he was running late and so I got out of there at 12:30pm.  Not the best initial visit.  Of course, I won the lottery and get to undergo an invasive test.  Not my idea of fun.  Added to that the weather was not great and there had already been one downpour and a grumbling sky which was threatening another.  So I went back to the location I went to last month thinking I may be able to find some more lizards to play with.  This time the little guys were not out but a larger sized green lizard was.  I got to use my macro lens as a macro lens this time and added to that I found a few butterflies as well.

Here is what I have for you this month.

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Thanks for strolling along with me, I hope you enjoyed the different flora and lizards that I came across.

This is a circle blog and I am looking forward to seeing what everyone else has got up to this month.  Follow the link here to see what my fellow blogger LUPJi Photography | North Virginia Based Photgrapher has for you this month, Don’t forget to leave a little love on their pages.

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30 Minutes in the Life: July 2018

This month I was really challenged on what to blog.  It has been a busy month and a number of doctors appointments has had me busy on my day’s off.  I was playing around with the computer the other evening and thought I would come up with some silhouettes. So here is this months 30 minutes of working on my computer.

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Out on the back canal: July 15, 2018: 7195

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Out on the back canal: July 22, 2018: 7558Out on the back canal: July 22, 2018: 7560

 

Thank you for joining me for this month’s 30 Minutes in Life.  For the rest of the blog group, please take time to visit my friend and fellow blogger Sonia of Sonia Eppel Fotografie and see what she has for you this month.   Keep following the circle of photographers to see what the other photographers, from the US and around the world,  have shared this month. Don’t forget to leave a little love on their pages.

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Inspired by Life: July 2018

This title could not be more apt this weekend as I learned about a friend of Richards who was in critical condition in ICU.  He is our age.  I keep saying, lets do, instead of talking about it.  Before it is too late and we cannot do it anymore.  I don’t want to let time pass us by.

Fourth of July, and we decide the night before that we are heading to the beach to watch the sunrise.  Richard is taking his paddle board out and I am going to watch and enjoy the moment the sun breaks through the horizon.

On arriving at the beach I was not optimistic on what the sunrise was going to be like.  It was overcast and blueish.  However, the water was perfect for paddle boarding.  Until you got in that was.  It was then that you discovered reed, thick and going on forever.  However, Richard stuck out the paddle boarding and I photographed the sunrise.  The change in tones was surprising and really enjoyable.

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Life is beautiful, but we are only given one life.  Enjoy it, soak up the moments, be inspired by life, because before you know it time has flown by and you are sitting asking yourself where it went.  Hug your loved ones, tell them you love them, let your friends know that they are important to you. Continue to be inspired by the life you have.

Thank you for joining me for this month’s Inspired by Life.    This is a circle blog although we are a little on the light side this month. Please take time to visit my fellow photographer,  Cath Britton Photography and see what she has for you this month. Keep following the circle to see what the other photographers have shared this month. Don’t forget to leave a little love on her pages.

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10 on 10: July 2018

July 4th was a busy day for us.  We were up at 5:30 am to head to the beach to watch the sunrise.  I was going to photograph the sunrise and Richard was going to take his paddle board out on a very flat east side ocean.  Kind of made me think of the gulf.

After that Amy and Richard decided to go kayak.  I went along on the understanding that I was going to be able to walk some nature trails.  That did not happen. They went kayaking and I walked around a very short walk around a park,  took a few photographs watched a group of older men playing baseball, and then found myself on a blanket in the shade reading my book until the eventually came back.

The afternoon brought rain and of course, when the rain stops I head out with my camera to capture water drops.

Last shoot of the day 4th of July and nobody wanted to go.  Richard had been saying all day that he was not interested in going to the fireworks.  Amy decided she was tired and did not really want to go.  I was undecided whether I would go on my own to the park and just stop off somewhere and take my photographs or alternatively just go outside and take photographs.  The rain ultimately helped me make my decision.  I was going to go out back.

So I set up my camera settings, pulled out and attached my tripod and I went outside to do my best to get some fireworks shots.  I live on the edge of the Everglades.  It is the slowest moving river aka a swamp lol.  Obviously in summer we have a mosquito problem.  Our mosquito’s remind me of the ancient of birds a “pterodactyl”.  These mosquito’s are huge and they are mean.  I think I spent more time swatting mosquito’s than I did taking photo’s.  I lasted all of 10-15 minutes and came inside, along with a colony of mosquito’s, before the fireworks finale.

I was not sure what I would get but since this is only the second time I have tried to take fireworks, I was quite happy with what I got.

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I hope that you all had a good and safe 4th of July.  This is the 17th year we have had the opportunity to celebrate Independence Day, and we are thankful that we have been able to.

Thank you for joining me for this month’s 10 on 10.  This is a circle blog.  Please take time to visit my good friend Ceri of Ceri Herd Photography and see what she has for you this month. Keep following the circle to see what the other photographers have shared this month. Don’t forget to leave a little love on their pages.

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Share Six: July 2018: Curves

South Florida is wet, daily, right now and it is the pits to be honest.  However, the upside of the rain is that there is raindrops.  This months theme chosen by Elizabeth of It’s Still Life Photography by Elizabeth Wilson is Curves.  I was stumped.  What could I do?

Where I live in Florida the roads are like a grid.  Not too many curves to be found.  My kids are adults so there is no frequenting playgrounds for me.

Outside in the garden we have a number of plants with variegated leaves.  I cannot say I am crazy about the look of the plant however, the effects the leaves have where there is water drops on them are pretty neat. On my day off from work, the rain came down and once it stopped I took my camera with it’s macro lens outside to see if I could capture some water drops.  When post editing I notice that raindrops create beautiful curves along with curved reflections within the water drop.   The plant itself also makes interesting curves with it leaves.

So this is what my take on the theme Curves is for Share Six this month.

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Thank you for joining me for this month’s Share Six.  This is a circle blog.  From the sneak peak images I have seen, you are going to want to follow the circle.  Please take time to visit my friend and very talented artist Elizabeth of It’s Still Life Photography by Elizabeth Wilson and see what she has for you this month. Keep following the circle to see what the other photographers have shared this month.  Don’t forget to leave a little love on their page as well.

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Now it is your turn. Don’t forget to like us on Facebook at Share Six and come and share your images on the theme {Curves} throughout the month of June.  A new theme will come out on July 6.

Remember you can follow us on Instagram at @sharesix  and tag your images #sharesix_curves.

You can also find the Share Six webpage at http://www.sharesix.wordpress.com

We look forward to seeing your images on the theme {Curves}